Ybor City’s In My Heart

Digital copies of the song, Ybor City, available at Bandcamp:

Ybor City is filled with a rich history of architectural, culinary, industrial, and cultural distinction, reflective of its multi-ethnic composition. The man singing its song, Tony Garcia, has been involved with this community his entire life. Many who have known him are unaware of the talent that he’s been blessed with. I have known him for nearly 40 years, and until a year or two ago, I had no idea that he was a gifted vocalist. After seeing him live for the first time at the third annual Flavor of West Tampa, we sat down and talked about our respective passions for music. I found out that he just began singing publicly about 5 years ago. I asked if he had any recordings of his work and was surprised to find out that he did not. I suggested that we get together and lay something down…something we could share online, and perhaps archive on one of the many music sites for independent artists. We started with the Bobby Caldwell’s hit, “What You Won’t Do For Love,” because it offered Tony a chance to showcase the warmth and range of his voice. While working on that cover, Tony suggested one of my songs, Ybor City, for the follow up project. Naturally, I was very excited about the prospect of having him interpret one of my works. We got together once again, and the results surpassed my expectations. Tony was able to breathe new life into my song, and after mixing and listening countless times, I am certain that it will be well received by local and national fans of this historic community. Do yourself a favor, though. Make sure that you listen through a decent set of speakers or headphones. It’s essential. It’s the only way you can get the full effect of Tony’s dynamic rendering. Now, sit back, and enjoy the soothing sounds of Tampa native, Tony Garcia, as he pours his heart and soul into “Ybor City”.



The Magic of Music Meets the Classic Western

Part of growing up in Tampa, or anywhere else in America during the 60’s, involved being at the theater, a drive-in, or in front of a television set and watching a classic western. Rio Bravo has long been one of my favorites. It mixes action, drama, comedy, costume, and spectacular cinematography with a star studded cast to produce one of the most feel good movie experiences in film history. My favorite scene involves a lighthearted musical moment when legendary crooner, Dean Martin, and teen idol, Ricky Nelson, share the stage on a couple of standards. I have often posted the link to this scene on social media sites, but I have never explained why I enjoy it so much. I’m not sure that I can. It’s just that I get this overwhelming sense of heavenly peace when I hear and see the interaction of these actors playing off of each other. It’s absolutely timeless. So sit back, take five, and enjoy this clip, which also features Walter Brennan on harmonica, and the late, great John Wayne just sipping on a cup of coffee. Funny thing is, “Duke” (the star of the show) is the only one who doesn’t have a line in the scene. But believe me, the look on his face says it all.

Unthinkable Thoughts

My New Storefront

I have begun to post my work on Bandcamp, where songs can be purchased individually, or as part of an entire CD. At the moment, only my two latest projects have been posted, but as time progresses I will make most of my catalogue available. Please share my link with friends, family, and fans that you feel might be interested in my work.


The Works of Vandercar


This is a video I put together using some pictures that 2 friends shot in the mid 2000’s when they visited Lewis Vandercar’s home in northern Hillsborough County. The soundtrack was composed using Sony Acid Loops. The following passage was taken from a blog entry I found online called Miami Memories.

Vandercar once said: “Many people think what I do is ridiculous, but not intelligent people. Most people are fearful and they don’t enjoy life because they’re afraid to take a change and do what they want. So intelligent people admire your courage.” It’s a shame Miami no longer attracts the Vandercars of this world.

Punto Guajiro Preserved: Memories of My Father

34 years ago, my father sent a cassette tape to his family in Cuba. The tape contained recordings of him and my mom greeting familiy members and sending them their love. I was also on it, singing one of the first songs I had ever written as I attempted to express my sentiments for the family I had never seen. Remarkably, the tape survived the test of time, and on a recent trip to Cuba, my cousin was able to obtain the cassette from my brother and return it to the United States. As an added bonus to this wonderful surprise, on the flip side of this cassette, there were several recordings of the punto guajiro jam sessions that my father would attend at that time. Two of the names I remember from this period…1979…were Medero and Trujillo. I’m not sure who it is on this particular clip about my dad, but I sure am glad to have been able to digitally preserve it. Here it is along with some photos of my dad and some present day video footage of my brother in Cuba.


Remembering the New Wave Scene with Elio Lopez: Artist, Musician, and Tampa Native


I recently spoke to Elio Lopez, an accomplished visual artist whose work can be found in galleries and libraries, on sidewalks and walls, and in number of other highly visible locations throughout the Bay Area. He’s been a very busy man throughout his lifetime, in search of ways to express himself, yet he continues to find ways to give back to the community and to share his talents through various worthy causes. But aside from all his accomplishments as a painter and his humanitarian efforts, he has always been an exceptional musician and songwriter. That is the side of Elio that I’d like to address with this installment of I Remember Tampa.

I have known Elio all of my life. We both grew up in the West Tampa area, about seven blocks from each other. It was our mutual passion for music that ultimately brought us closer together. In the early 80’s, we spent a great deal of time playing, writing, and sharing ideas, but eventually, we went our separate ways. I continued to write and record, never very eager to perform, while Elio embraced the spotlight. He loved the interaction with the audience. He fed off of it. He would go on to become one of the major contributors to the New Wave movement in Tampa. He had the haircut, the skinny tie, the black pointed tip shoes, and the sport coat with the collar raised. But more important than The Look…he had the sound down to a science, and the moves to go along with that sound. He had become the prototypical front man that he had always envisioned himself to be. And he was damn good at it.

I asked him to describe the musical climate in Tampa at the time…the bands he was a part of, the clubs that catered to his music, and some of the other artists that were popular at the time. I wanted to share those memories for the sake of all who were a part of this vibrant period of Tampa’s music scene:

“Let’s see…my bands that were pretty popular were “The Squares,” and “Small Population,” and finally, ‘The Reflex.” Zenith Nader and Headlights were also the better known local groups. Zenith Nader eventually became part of the Small Population until Jim moved to Atlanta to audition for The Producers and Dennis got married and moved to S. Carolina. I opened shows for ‘Berlin’ and ‘Wall of Voodoo,” (“I’m on a Mexican Radio”). Then I travelled with ‘Thriller,’ the show band. New Wave venues were the Buffalo Roadhouse, Ms. Lucky Club, Janis Landing, USF, and Scoundrels, all of which I played at regularly. At least on this coast. I can’t remember too many details right now about the east coast clubs and such.”

Those of you who have read my past entries know that Elio’s paragraph recollecting some of the details of our cities past is what this blog is all about: remembering that which made growing up here in Tampa a unique experience. But it doesn’t stop with the memories of people or places or events. What got this whole story started, was a song I asked him to send me….a song that Elio wrote towards the tail end of those colorful years. I vividly remember when he first introduced it to me. I couldn’t really hear all he was hearing as he strummed it. But once he was able to lay all the tracks down and pull all the elements together, it was obvious that he had come up with a winner. The studio recording of “Boys on the Block” that I’m linking my readers to was done after the New Wave movement had come and gone in Tampa, but the song itself represents that time period well, and it remains a pleasant reminder of the quality of music that evolved from it. It’s as good, if not better, than many of the hits of that era. And as is the case with all great songs, it still sounds fresh today.

I asked Elio to share the story behind the recording, and I will close with the details he was able to provide…great memories of a vital period in Tampa’s history:

“In the summer of 1988 I went into Hayes studio and hired John Urigh to produce 3 songs for me. Mr. Urigh was a top producer at that time who had worked with Prince, Joe Walsh, and a couple of other big stars whom I can’t recall right now. He played some of his productions and I was impressed enough to hire him. I played him 5 songs that day in which he chose the main song I wanted to do, (Had to Give Her Up), and rejected the other four. His reasoning was that the songs were too diverse.

I brought him several more songs at the pre-production meeting. He chose “All Those Flashy Girls,” and sent me back for more. I came back twice more exhausting my cataloge and he rejected everything. His reasoning was that I was too diverse and the A&R people wouldn’t know what to do with my music as they saw things in terms of marketing and sales, not talent or skills.

When I came in for the first round of sessions, (‘Flashy Girls’) I brought in the remaining songs and this song was on it. It was just in demo form and I was doubly embarrassed to present it because of that. The second he heard it, he wanted to cut it! I argued against it over and over, but he swore it was a smash it. So he gave us a basic direction on how he wanted us to arrange the song. When we got to it, (it was the last one cut), neither myself nor Watson & Watson could hear the song as a record, especially because we were cutting demos for much better songs. John was recording Debbie Gibson, (remember her?), in the next studio and he would pop in to see how we were doing. He listened to what we had and nixed most of it and told us exactly what he wanted to hear on the rhythm tracks. I was tired and left.

When I came back in the next day, Watson & Watson were excited saying they’d solved the issue. They had removed most of the stuff we had done. All that remained was the bass and synth pad #2, (me), drums, (Mark), and keyboard pad #1, (David). They’d added some horns hits, (which are there), and that high pitched keyboard that you hear during the prechorus. We played it for John and he approved it. When it came time to layer the vocals and the guitars, John had me play, (for what seemed to be 100 takes), 2 acoustic guitars, then the electric you hear, and finally after he’d nixed a slide solo, the final solo. It was then that I could hear the song.

Cutting vocals for this simple tune was also a difficult chore. Not the main part. To my ear, my lead vocal is too flat and boring, but he wanted that. It was doing the bkgrnd vocals that was hard. He opted for 3 part harmony rather than two part and we tried many variations before we decided on the product you hear now. Well that’s the whole story, except that when I shopped the songs, I actually got a small publishing deal on this one. I guess I’m not the best judge of my own work.”

Quite a story…quite a character. Thank you, Elio, for your contributions to the arts. You are a true Tampa treasure.



I’ll Be With You

In January 2013, I began experimenting with my grandson’s Ipad, and more specifically, with a popular Apple App called Garageband. The first thing that I produced with the help of Garageband was “I’ll Be With You”, a song which reflects on the struggles of the human condition and the way that I have chosen to deal with them. Once the song was completed, I accumulated a few images, put together a lyric video, and posted it on YouTube. As usual, I began to share the video’s link on a few other social networks, including Tumblr, Google +, and Twitter. And as usual, I got a hit here and a hit there, but nothing resembling the viral response I’d love to get for each song I release. But then again, my contention has always been that if one of my songs can move just one listener, I’ve done my job. That is why I do what I do. It’s not for monetary gain or notoriety…I’ve learned to live without either. I write, record, and produce because for whatever reason, which I do not question, I am compelled to do so. It is my calling, and at this stage of my life, my intention is simply to share what I’ve got to give with as many people as will listen. And once in a while, when a song affects someone, the ripple effect that is created leads to some very enlightening moments. This morning, I noticed that one listener had favorited the song on Twitter. His name is Eugene Chung. My curiosity to learn more about this one listener who responded to my post led me through a two hour crash course on solipsism, the singularity, Aaron Schwartz, life, death, compounding technological advancements, the film industry, SOPA/PIPA, and a host of fascinating details betwixt and between. Ultimately, the experience led me to this blog installment, which is dedicated to the serendipitous ripple effect that can sometimes be encountered in the slightest of crevasses on the wild, wild web.

I’ll Be With You

Downtown Tampa …

ImageDowntown Tampa through the eyes of Cherie Diez…Click on this beautiful photo to see images of Tampa’s past and to hear the Tampa Natives Show theme song, I Remember Tampa.

Complete Listing of Photos used for I Remember Tampa

Special thanks to Dan Perez and his TampaPix website…

Mike Baluja’s hit song, “I Remember Tampa” is used as the intro during the opening credits for The Tampa Natives Show, and again at the end, during the closing credits.

Visit The Tampa Natives Show website to learn more about this unique, history-preserving call-in show.

The first 22 images of this video will pass quite rapidly.  After the Tampa Natives Show logo, it will slow down.

To view directly on Youtube click I Remember Tampa. To view on the TampaPix website click TampaPix.

Below are descriptions of the photos and links to where you can learn more about them and see them larger. Tampapix Home     Tampa Natives photo index at Tampapix

  1. President John F. Kennedy JFK stepping off plane Air Force One, MacDill AFB, Nov. 18, 1963 – Photo by Tony Zappone http://big13.com/JFK In Tampa/jfk_tampa2.htm  Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  2. Kwik Chek 5201 N. Armenia, 1954 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive12/11830.jpg  Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  3. Children’s Gasparilla Parade 1956, Pumpkin house float in front of Diana Super Outlet, 509 Franklin St. – Robertson & Fresh photo http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-00030229&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  4. Fun-Lan Drive In marquee showing “A Life of Her Own”, 2302 E. Hillsborough Ave., 1950 – Burgert Bros.  http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive06/5342.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  5. Hillsborough Drive In showing “The Body Snatcher” with Boris Karloff, 3308 W. Hillsborough Ave., 1943.  This was the first drive-in theater in Tampa – Burgert Bros.  http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive06/5341.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  6. Biff Burger at Plant High School 2208 S. Dale Mabry Highway.  Vintage Postcard circa 1957 by Biff Burger Corp. on C.Catherman’s Biff Burger website. http://www.biff-burger.com/architecture.htm    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook  Another one
  7. WTVT Channel 13 sign – This building was originally built to be a Greek restaurant, but the owner died suddenly just before it was to open.  Photo from Mike Clark’s big13.net http://big13.com/earlyyears.htm    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  8. Palace Theater, 700 Tampa Street, 1950 – Robertson & Fresh http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-00021632&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  9. Tampa International Airport on Columbus Dr., mid 1950s – Color postcard, several sources. http://sidesalad.net/archives/002453.html    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook Tampa International Airport history at Tampapix
  10. Gene Holloway at Sea Wolf – Posted at Tampa Natives by a member, possibly from a brochure.  Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  11. Dairy Queen, Nebraska Ave. at the Hillsborough River, Sulphur Springs, 1956 – Cinchett, Vintage Tampa Signs & Scenes. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook 
  12. Plant High School, 2415 South Himes Avenue, 1932- Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive01/393.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  13. 1400 block of 7th Ave. (a.k.a. Broadway) with Las Novedades on left, 1931 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=B29-00033628&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
    Las Novedades history at Tampapix
  14. Burger Chef & Hi-Tide Fish & Chips sign, circa 1960s, color – Originally posted at Tampa Natives by Johnny Cinchett  Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook 
  15. Tampa Bay Bandits license plate, circa 1983 – Originally posted at Tampa Natives group by member. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  16. Car windshields with snow “Tampa?” Jan 19, 1977 – This one is all over the web.  Originally posted by Tampa Natives member Tom Goodson on the old group site. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook Snow in Tampa at Tampapix
  17. Tourist Welcome and informational billboard greeting visitors on lawn of Tampa Union Railway Station, “Year ‘Round City”, 1921 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive06/5798.jpg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  18. John F. Kennedy JFK shaking hands in Tampa, Nov. 18, 1963 at MacDill AFB – Originally posted by Tampa Natives member Joey Donovan. May be by a photographer other than Tony Zappone. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  19. Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket sign with Dan Good in background, N. Florida Ave at Fairbanks St, 1962, The first KFC in Tampa – From Johnny Cinchett’s “Vintage Tampa Signs & Scenes.”  Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  20. Civil War Veteran Sylvanus M. Hankins Sr. with flag in a parade,1914 – Confederate soldier reunion parade in Lakeland, 50th anniversary, also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of Lakeland. S.M. Hankins, holding flag, was the engineer on the first train through Lakeland to Tampa.  Originally posted by Mark S. Hankins at Tampa Natives old group. Source is State of Florida Archives at: http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/34071  (Mark may have been the submitter to the archives.)     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  21. Phillips Field Thanksgiving Day football game, Plant vs. Hillsborough – Burgert Bros.  This photo appears to be dated incorrectly. In 1967, the 22 story white Exchange Bank building would have towered above all buildings in the background.  It was completed in 1966 and would appear in this photo above the goal posts.  The hotel Floridan at 19 stories can be seen as the left-most skyscraper.  Also, this is the only photo in the Burgert collection online that is dated after 1963.  This photo looks more like others taken of Phillips Field in the 1940s. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive06/5913.jpg     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook Phillips Field at Tampapix – History of Tampa Stadium
  22. Holsum Bakery crowd outside Christmas, 1952 – Burgert Bros.  http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive07/6393.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook comes from John Cinchett’s “Vintage Tampa Signs & Scenes”
  23. Tampa Natives Show logo  www.tampanativesshow.com
  24. Franklin St. ablaze with neon circa 1956 – Yvonne Colado Garren’s father, Hector Colado Photo feature at Tampapix     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  25. Ayers Diner neon sign & diner, Yvonne Colado Garren’s father, Hector Colado Photo feature at Tampapix     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  26. Tahiti Motor Court, 601 S. Dale Mabry, 1958 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive08/7547.jpg     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  27. West Tampa Jr. High, Habana Ave., 1932  – Burgert Bros.  The school was built on the northeast corner of Habana and Walnut in 1927 by F.J. Kennard & Son, the architect of Hillsborough High School and many other Tampa buildings. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive03/2972.jpg   Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  28. Jai-Alai fronton color – Originally submitted by Tampa Natives member Thomas Kaspar. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  29. Mexican Burro Restaurant – Flickr site by Jeff Houck, he has lots of good shots of old restaurants.  This one is a 1991 Tampa Tribune file photo.  The photo itself may be late 70s. http://www.flickr.com/photos/94393434@N00/3595845264/
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  30. Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory, 500 N. Howard Ave., 1962 – Burgert Bros. George Nelson Benjamin, a West Tampa developer and mayor, donated land for a public park in West Tampa which became the eventual site for Fort Homer Hesterly Armory. In 1922, the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County donated the land to the Florida National Guard. Construction of the armory began in 1938 and was completed in 1941, dedicated on Dec. 8, 1941 (the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor) http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive14/13334.jpg     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory feature at Tampapix
  31. Florida State Fair exhibit cigar plane and ladies in bizarre costumes, 1941 – Burgert http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=B29-f-00003493&scale=1200&format=jpeg     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  32. Al Lopez as a Brooklyn Dodger, circa 1930 – Several sources: Baseball Catchers Hall of Fame at http://bb_catchers.tripod.com/catchers/hofexec.htm    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook Al Lopez at Tampapix
  33. Lowry Park Navy P2V2 Plane bomber circa 1976 – Photo courtesy of the photographer, Art Walker. http://www.tampapix.com/zoo_old.htm    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook Lowry Park history at Tampapix
  34. River Shore drive-in restaurant, 1965, 8100 N. Florida Ave. “Good Food Is Our Specialty” Located on the north bank of the beautiful Hillsborough River and just before N. River Shore Drive, directly across Florida Avenue from the Sulphur Springs Water Tower. “Good food with a pleasant atmosphere.” This is the location now of Riverside Marine. Photo comes from the 1964 Hillsborean, HHS Yearbook. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook  
  35. Get & Go drive in restaurant, 4801 N. Florida Ave, 1965 – GET & GO DRIVE IN, 4801 N. Florida Ave., 1965 Everybody enjoys a good hamburger and milkshake, and these highwaterin’ Hillsborough Terriers are no exception! This was the northeast corner of Fla. Ave. and Osborne.  Photo comes from the 1964 Hillsborean, HHS Yearbook. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  36. Concrete street name pylon Central Ave & Osborne Ave. Photo comes from the 1964 Hillsborean, HHS Yearbook. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  37. Street scene at intersection of Howard Avenue and Main Street in West Tampa with Delgado’s Department Store and 4th of July Cafe, 1935 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive10/9193.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  38. Tampa Bay Center mall parking lot sloped entrance, 1975 – Jefferson High School “Monticello” yearbook Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook  and Tampa Bay Center at Tampapix
  39. 42nd St. Station Disco & Pub sign, 1979 – HHS yearbook, Hillsborean  Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  40. Malio’s Cafe sign Happy 40th Olga Coppin – Polaroid submitted toTampa Natives by member Olga Coppin, no date. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  41. Gasparilla Parade, women on float in front of Essrig’s Exclusifabrics, Downtown, Circa 1956 – Submitted to the old Tampa Natives group by unnoted member. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  42. Marshall’s Restaurant and Tarr Furniture Company on 500 block of Tampa Street, 1925 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive05/4035.jpg     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  43. Manuel Beiro and Andy Hardy doing Valencia Gardens commercial, mid 1960s – Mike Clark’s Big13.net http://www.big13.net/personalities.htm     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  44. Pony Portrait circa 1952 – Submitted by Tampa Natives member Joe Abene. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook 
  45. Hawaiian Village sign with stone moai head – Photograph posted to blog at http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=34194&forum=2 by Jordan Smith     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  46. Valencia Garden Restaurant at 811 Grand Central Ave., 1952 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive07/6630.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  47. J. Crockett Farnell, Hillsborough High School football coach and Jimmy Hughes, Plant High School football coach and WDAE radio announcer Salty Sol Fleischman gathered around microphone at Plant High School athletic department office. 1947 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive11/10902.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  48. Tampa skyline from Garcia Avenue, including Clara Frye Hospital, 1938 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive03/2371.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  49. Lums and Publix in Coral Springs, FL http://www.pbase.com/image/81070997    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  50. Columbia Restaurant waiters, 1966 –  Submitted to Tampa Natives by Mario Nuñez.  His father is in this photo.  So is Gov. Bob Martinez’ father, Serafino Martinez.  See photo with many waiters identified at: Columbia Restaurant at Tampapix   Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  51. Sol Fleischman of WDAE radio interviewing customer of sidewalk service at First National Bank of Tampa, 1952. – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive15/14716.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  52. Downtown cigar store interior with owners Margaret (Abene) and Joe Betancourt, 1946 – Originally posted by Tampa Natives member Joe Abene. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  53. Salty Sol’s Best Bet, circa 1960 – Mike Clark’s Big13.net http://big13.com/Sports/sportstory.htm    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  54. B&B Super Market on Henderson Blvd. at Dale Mabry, 1950 – Burgert Bros.  B&B stood for Bever and Bever.  It began in Avon Park Florida with one grocery store in 1923 under the name B&B Cash Grocery. The founders were Charles D. Bever and his wife Charlotte H. Bever. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive07/6856.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  55. Cars in parking lot at J. M. Fields department store, 9215 Florida Avenue, 1958 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive08/7537.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  56. J M Fields Department Store, with collapsed roof, 9215 Florida Avenue, 1958 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive13/12571.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  57. Old Fort Restaurant Franklin St. and Platt, 1947 – Robertson & Fresh http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-00020400&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  58. Goody Goody Drive-In Restaurant BBQ, 1119 N. Florida Ave., 1941 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=B29-00047087&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
    Goody Goody at Tampapix
  59. Franklin Street looking south from Cass St. at sunset, 1930s – Robertson & Fresh http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-unk-00000074&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  60. “Evelyn’s” bar on Grand Central near Snow Park, and owner Evelyn Legg, 1935 – Submitted to the old Tampa Natives Group by granddaughter or grandneice of Evelyn Legg.  Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook See related magazine article
  61. Baby elephant Sheena at Lowry Park giving Donna Ringer and hitchhiker Suzie the chimp a ride, circa 1965 – Submitted by Donna’s brother, Rick Ringer, Tampa Natives member. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook Lowry Park history at Tampapix
  62. Mural under stands at Tampa Stadium showing Hugh Culverhouse, Leroy Selmon, John McKay, Ricky Bell, Doug Williams, 1998 – Photo by Tampa Native member Rick T. Parnell  Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook Tampa Stadium history at Tampapix
  63. Rodney Marsh of Tampa Bay Rowdies holding up 2nd Place trophy after losing to Cosmos in NASL Championship, 1979 (that’s why he’s not smiling), Henry Kissinger on the right – Tampa Natives member submitted, originally from Ian Morris’ Tampa Bay Rowdies Blog http://mytampabayrowdies.blogspot.com/2009/09/rowdies-press-photos-rodney-marsh_03.html
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
    Rowdies history at Tampapix
  64. People at merry-go-round at Super Test Amusement Park, 2924 North Dale Mabry, 1951 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive07/6812.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  65. W.T. Grant merchandise display, Franklin St., circa 1940s – Robertson & Fresh http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-00004046&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  66. Goody Goody street level view, 1119 N. Florida Ave., 1932 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=B29-00034469&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
    Goody Goody at Tampapix
  67. J.J. Newberry & Kress, Franklin St. 1941 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-00016090&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  68. Aunt Hattie’s Victorian restaurant, Kennedy Blvd. near Westshore, 1974 – Flickr site by Jeff Houck, he has lots of good shots of old restaurants.  This one is a 1974 Tampa Tribune file photo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/94393434@N00/3595845162/
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  69. Entry arch at Lois Ave. and Bay to Bay Blvd. marking the entrance to a subdivision at the 4100 block of Bay to Bay Blvd. circa 1950s – Submitted by Tampa Natives member David Fox, given to him by his stepmother Margie Bane Fox. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  70. Franklin St. night scene view looking north at Madison with Jack Pendola, Madison drugstore  neon signs, circa 1955 – Robertson & Fresh http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-z-00007017&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  71. National Auto Supermarket at 1711 E. Hillsborough Ave, with Maria Williams Trippe (owner’s daughter) in front of a Ford Maverick, a TV special, circa 1971  Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  72. Intersection of Dale Mabry & Sligh Ave. with Colonial Beach sign, looking north, 1958 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive13/12608.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  73. Chatterbox Cocktail Bar at 709 S. Howard Avenue – Robertson & Fresh http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-z-00000223&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  74. Malios Steak House sign showing “Happy Birthday Bruce”, circa 2000 – Submitted by Tampa Natives creator Steve Cannella, photo by Bruce Krentzman  Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  75. The Great Milenko wrestler doing the Russian Sickle move, submitted by Tampa Natives member Lou Maggio. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  76. Tampa Tarpons red scorecard / program cover, submitted to Tampa Natives by Thomas Kaspar Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  77. Buffalo Elementary School building just west of Nebraska Ave., circa 1960s? – Submitted by Tampa Natives member David Garcia. Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook
  78. Army Navy Surplus Market at 1312 N. Tampa St.  Nov. 2009 –  Photographed by and submitted to Tampa Natives by Dan Perez Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook Photo at Tampapix
  79. Delivery trucks parked in front of Worthingstun’s Bakery and Allen Hotel at 212-14 Tyler Street, 1921 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive01/992.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  80. Golden Gate Speedway arch, circa 1970s, submitted to floridastockcars.com by Larry Glendenning http://www.floridastockcars.com/gallery3/v/Golden+Gate/ggatesign.jpg.html
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  81. Licata’s steakhouse in the Knight & Wall building downtown, 108 Jackson St., 1962 – Johnny Cinchett’s “Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes” Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook Knight & Wall at Tampapix
  82. Tampa International Airport, 1957, The Latin Fiesta group going on a goodwill trip, waiting for their plane – Photo courtesy of Angelo Rumore, submitted to Tampa Natives by Steve Cannella. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  83. Ayres Diner exterior front view, Seminole Heights, 4603 N. Florida Avenue, circa 1956 – Photo courtesy of Yvonne Colado Garren, photographed by her father, Hector Colado. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook  Photo at Tampapix
  84. Tampa city bus interior, circa 1945 – Robertson & Fresh http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-z-00007100&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  85. Women cigar makers using automated equipment at the Hav-A-Tampa cigar factory, 1939 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=B29-00043308&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  86. H.B. Plant steamer SS Olivette in the Bay of Havana, late 1880s – Detroit Publishing Co. http://www.encore-editions.com/olivette-plant-s-s-line-havana
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  87. West Tampa Fire Department pumper truck with crew and representatives of Racine Tires in front of fire station, 1920 – Burgert Bros.
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
    West Tampa Fire Station #9 at Tampapix
  88. The Manrara building circa 1920s, 9th Ave. & 14th St.  Originally located here was the Ybor Land Development office, a 2-storry  gingerbread wood frame house built in 1887, the building in the photo became the office’s second office.  It later became “Bien Publico Clinic” and later the A. A. Gonzalez Clinic.  Now it is the Don Vicente Inn. Original source unknown
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  89. Tampa Bay Rowdies 1975 championship patch – Submitted by Tampa Natives member Thomas Kaspar. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook Tampa Bay Rowdies at Tampapix
  90. SuperTest amusement park train ride, 2424 N. Dale Mabry at Columbus Drive – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive08/7160.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  91. Sears store at Hillsborough and 22nd, color postcard circa 1950s – Posted by JSDesign at Flickr, several other sources http://www.flickr.com/photos/js_design/2239334460/    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  92. Barney Bungelupper (Jerry Martin) and Hector Hambone (Jack Jarvis) at a private birthday party – Submitted by a Tampa Native member who is in the photo.  Barney & Hector did private parties for hire. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook 
  93. Florida State Fair on the parking grounds of Tampa Stadium, Feb. 1976 – Photographed and submitted by Tampa Natives member Dan Perez. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook  Photo at Tampapix
  94. Palace Theater at 700 Tampa Street showing Green Dolphin St. with Lana Turner & Van Heflin, 1950 – Robertson & Fresh http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=R05-00021632&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  95. Welcome Mr. President, kids on porch with signs welcoming President John F. Kennedy motorcade, Nov. 18, 1963 – Tony Zappone.
    Photo at Tampa Natives fan page on Facebook 
  96. Bo’s Ice Cream shop, founded by Kenneth M. Bosanko, 7101 N. Florida Ave, 2004 – Photo by Dan Perez, submitted by Tampa Natives member Lloyd Cristiano Carrera Santos. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook  also Photo montage at Tampa Natives on Facebook Bo’s at Tampapix
  97. Egypt Temple Shriners band with director Murlin Leslie Price, 1921- Submitted by Tampa Natives member Kellie Jo Worley Starner. Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook  
  98. Sunshine Skyway Bridge and its causeway construction, aerial view, looking north from Terra Ceia, circa 1953 – Manatee County Library Historic Photo Collection http://digital.lib.usf.edu/downloads/?doi=M01-05160-A&scale=1200&format=jpeg
    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  99. King Arthur’s Inn sign, N. Dale Mabry between Buffalo Ave. and Hillsborough Avenue, circa late 1960s – Johnny Cinchett’s “Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes”     Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook
  100. Franklin St. at night, decorated for Christmas, Florida and Tampa Theater signs, 1952 – Burgert Bros. http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive12/11679.jpg    Photo at Tampa Natives on Facebook